During this continuing time of the COVID pandemic, Mary Grady, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, the Nursing Programs Administrator at Lorain County Community College, sums up the members of the nursing profession using just one word.
Grit is the word that comes to mind when I think of all my nursing colleagues this year. Grit is the driving force that helps us follow our passions and accomplish our goals even when times get tough. A person with grit has perseverance and is resilient. When you have grit, you are mentally tough. This year (the year of the nurse I might add) the nursing profession has proven to the world that we have grit. To all my colleagues on the front line, I am in awe. You have worked tirelessly to provide care to those that need it most. You have been the backbone of the healthcare system and have shown everyone how important a nurse is. The world has recognized that the expertise that a nurse possesses is essential to patients and communities far and wide.
To my fellow nursing educators, you have shown the world how important it is to have qualified faculty educating the front-line workers. Without you and your tireless efforts, the world would not have competent nurses. You have worked hard during this pandemic to convert your lectures, labs and in some cases clinicals to an online format so that educating the next generation of nurses could happen.
I am proud and honored to say I am a nurse and to all my brothers and sisters in the nursing profession, please stay “gritty” and safe!